Stephenson County Illinois
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The Nesemeier Family
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The Nesemeier family immigrated from Lippe, Detmold, Germany and lived first in Stephenson County, Illinois at a German settlement called Epplyanna. According to the History of Stephenson County 1970 Epplyanna was first settled by the Epley brothers, James, Conrad, and John, who arrived between 1836 - 1841. Conrad Epley bought the grist mill in the settlement between 1836-1837. They were natives of Pennsylvania but encouraged a number of immigrants from Lippe Detmold to settle near the mill. Conrad named the area after his wife, Anna Epley, by reversing the two parts of his wife's name.

The Nesemeier family settled near St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Epplyanna, seven miles southeast of Rock Grove, Illinois. Pauline Nesemeier Buss states that all the early Nesemeier immigrant names are recorded in the huge church book, now kept at St. Paul's church in Davis, Stephenson County, Illinois.

The Nesemeier Family Register isn't exacting on the family relationships of the earliest Nesemeier immigrants, nor are they apparently delineated in the church records. Pauline Nesemeier Buss states that it is believed that Conrad, Frederick, Wilhelm, Wilhelmina, and Louise Nesemeier were all children of an unnamed Nesemeier ancestor, who apparently didn't immigrate from Germany with his children.

    1. Conrad Franklin Nesemeier was born February 21, 1816 in Lippe, Detmold Germany, and died May 1, 1887 in Shannon Township, Carroll County, Illinois. He married Christine Unknown in 1855 in Sabbenhausen, Germany ; she was born May 24, 1826 in Lippe, Detmold, Germany and died May 14, 1902.

    2. Frederick William Nesemeier was born February 17, 1821 in Lippe, Detmold Germany and died February 2, 1892 in Rock Grove Township, Stephenson County, Illinois. He first married an unknown woman in Germany, then in 1848 married Catherine Schram in Stephenson County, Illinois. She was born May 3, 1825 in Germany and died April 4, 1871.

    3. Wilhelm Nesemeier was born about June 7, 1823 in Lippe, Detmold Germany and died February 7, 1882. He married Caroline Springer (unknown date). She was born May 3, 1820 in Lippe, Detmold, Germany and died March 7, 1895.

    4. Wilhelmina Nesemeier was born about 1827 in Lippe, Detmold, Germany and married Wilhelm Rodemeier on September 1, 1852 in Stephenson County, Illinois. He was born about 1827 in Germany.

    5. Louisa Nesemeier was born in October 1835 in Lippe, Detmold, Germany and died May 29, 1906 in Dakota, Stephenson County, Illinois. She married Wilhelm Welling on January 9, 1857 in Stephenson County, Illinois. He was born March 1820 in Lippe, Detmold, Germany and died December 22, 1911 in Dakota, Stephenson County, Illinois.



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Alice Horner's Note: Unfortunately, the Nesemeier Family Register doesn't give the place of birth or death on each family member. Keeping in mind there were few hospitals in the area and almost everyone was born at home anyway before 1900, many people apparently just assumed subsequent generations would know that if the family lived in a particular place the children born to them would be born in that place. But I don't usually just assume that. So if an exact location isn't given but I've found a state (like Illinois) on a census listing for a person, I usually put that in. But if I'm hesitant, I don't put in any place of birth or death. As with many immigrant families, subsequent generations didn't always remain in the area settled by their parents. Some Nesemeiers had moved by 1870 to Florence Township, south of Freeport, but still in Stephenson County. Others had moved to farms near Shannon, Carroll County, Illinois, which was close to Florence Township. And still other Nesemeier families left Illinois at the turn of the century to settle on newly available lands in North Dakota, settling generally in Cass County, North Dakota.

Henry F. and Martha (Stomberg) Richtsmeier And Their Children
Before Christine Unknown married Conrad Nesemeier, she was married in Lippe, Detmold, Germany to an Unknown Richtsmeier. Their child was Henry F. Richtsmeier, who was born in 1851. He married Martha Stomberg in Shannon, Carroll County, Illinois. (The Illinois State Marriage Index, 1763-1900 shows a January 11, 1874 marriage in Stephenson County between a Henry Richmyer and Martha Sander. I think it's them, although I haven‘t been able to find other Sanders or Stomberg families around Shannon at that time.) Martha Stomberg was born about 1853 in Hanover, Germany. Henry F. and Martha Richtsmeier moved in 1882 from Shannon to Ackley, Grundy County, Iowa. Their children are:

    1. Henry Richtsmeier, who was born about 1874 in Illinois ; he married Tillie Unknown.
    2. Fred Richtsmeier, who was born about 1876 in Illinois. He remained a bachelor until late in life. His wife's name isn't given. He lived in Iowa.
    3. John Richtsmeier, who was born about 1879 in Illinois ; he married Emma Unknown.
    4. William Richtsmeier, who was born after 1880; he married Mary Unknown.
    5. Herman Richtsmeier, who was born after 1880; he married Ankie Unknown.
    6. Frank Richtsmeier, who was born after 1880 and died between 1968 - 1969. He never married, and lived in Ackley, Iowa.
    7. Chris Richtsmeier, who was born after 1880.

    Conrad Franklin and Christine (Unknown) Nesemeier And Their Children
    Conrad and Christine Nesemeier married in 1855 in Sabbenhausen, Germany and had three children born in Germany. They wanted very much to immigrate to America and settle near their friends and relatives who had moved to the German settlement of Epplyanna, near Rock Grove, Stephenson County, Illinois. They were also unable to own their own farms in Germany at this time (the Nesemeier Family Register doesn't not explain why this was so). After moving to America, they settled at Rock Grove for a time, then bought a farm on Section 16, Shannon Township, Carroll County. Here they accumulated 440 acres of good farm land. Both Conrad and Christine Nesemeier are buried in Florence Station Cemetery (also called Lane Cemetery ), Florence Station, Stephenson County, Illinois.

    The children of Conrad and Christine are:
    1. Frederick C. Nesemeier, who was born December 6, 1856 in Lippe, Detmold, Germany and died September 17, 1937 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois.
    2. Herman Conrad Nesemeier, who was born September 26, 1858 in Lippe, Detmold, Germany and died July 28, 1928 in Casselton, North Dakota.
    3. Caroline E. Nesemeier, who was born April 9, 1861 in Lippe Detmold, Germany and died September 18, 1953 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois.
    4. August Franklin Nesemeier, who was born September 20, 1865 in Shannon, Carroll County, Illinois and died January 4, 1956 in Fargo, North Dakota.
    5. William Frederick Nesemeier, who was born June 26, 1872 and died December 8 1927 in Shannon.
     

    Frederick C. and Elyzabeth Nesemeier
    Frederick C. Nesemeier, (son of Conrad Franklin Nesemeier), who was apparently known as just Fred C. Nesemeier, was born December 6, 1856 in Lippe, Detmold, Germany and died September 17, 1937 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. He married Elyzabeth Erdmier on February 24, 1881. She was born February 18, 1856 in Leaf River, Ogle County, Illinois and died April 28, 1949 in Freeport. Her parents were Henry and Caroline (Ratemeier) Erdmier.

    Fred and Elyzabeth Nesemeier had no children of their own. However, they adopted his wife's niece, Bessie Elizabeth Erdmier, the daughter of Elyzabeth's brother Louis Erdmier and his wife Mary Wallbaum. Mary Wallbaum Erdmier died when Bessie was about 9 years old.
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    Fred and Elyzabeth Nesemeier

    Fred came to the United States with his parents in 1861. In 1880 he bought 80 acres of his father's land and later another 80 acres, all in Section 9, Shannon Township, Carroll County. He lived in the town of Shannon while he farmed this land. Between 1890 - 1904, he engaged in the implement commission business and in 1892 started in the hardware and agricultural implements business with A. F. Geiseman. He retired from this business in 1904. When Fred retired from farming, he still owned a large ranch in Cass County, North Dakota. He later bought 267 acres in Cherry Grove Township, Carroll County, Illinois. Fred C. and Elyzabeth Nesemeier are both buried in Oakland Cemetery, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois.

    Herman and Louise (Brockhausen) Nesemeier
    Herman Conrad Nesemeier (son of Conrad Franklin Nesemeier) was born September 26, 1858 in Lippe, Detmold, Germany and died July 28, 1928 in Casselton, North Dakota. He married Louise Brockhausen on March 29, 1883 in Freeport. She was born July 1, 1864 in Lippe, Detmold, Germany and died November 25, 1935 in Casselton, North Dakota. Her parents were William and Hermena (Korf) Brockhausen.
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    Until 1903, Herman Nesemeier farmed in Stephenson County, Illinois. Then he took three trips to North Dakota looking for land. He bought the Charles Mellet farm in Section 33, Casselton Township, one mile west of Casselton, North Dakota and moved there with his family in 1904. He retired from farming in 1916 and moved to Casselton, where he and his wife lived the rest of their lives. They are both buried in the Casselton Cemetery, Casselton, North Dakota.

    Herman and Louise (Brockhausen) Nesemeier's children were:
    1. William Franklin Nesemeier, born February 11, 1884 in Shannon and died August 12, 1964.
    2. Mae Nesemeier, born 1885 and died 1885 (per the Nesemeier Family Register). However, the Lane Cemetery list (Florence Station) on Genealogy Trails.com shows a grave of a daughter of an H. F. and L. E. Nesemeier who was born about 1885 and died April 22, 1888. This sounds like Mae Nesemeier.
    3. Louise Nesemeier, born April 26, 1887 in Shannon and died March 26, 1919 in North Dakota.
    4. Edward F. Nesemeier, who was born July 3, 1885 and died January 11, 1952.
    5. Lydia Caroline Nesemeier, who was born January 26, 1890 and died August 25, 1952.
    6. George Herman Nesemeier, who was born November 10, 1893 in Shannon and died June 26, 1977 in Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota

   

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Front Row: Edward, Herman & Louise Nesemeier, George & Lydia McIntyre, William Nesemeier
In front of George & Lydia is Mildred
Directly in back of Herman is Esther & George, Rose (Mrs. Ed Nesemeier)
Directly behind George & Lydia McIntyre is Selma. (The others are unknown)

 

Children Of William Franklin with Nina (Christman) and Selma (Liebenow)

William Franklin Nesemeier (son of Herman & Louise Nesemeier) was born February 11, 1884 in Shannon and died August 12, 1964. He first married Nina Christman, who was born in Shannon. His second wife was Selma Liebenow, who was born June 10, 1893 and died June 1963. Her father was August Liebenow. William Franklin Nesemeier moved from Shannon to Casselton, North Dakota in 1904 and farmed there. Upon retirement, they moved to Fargo North Dakota. He is buried in Casselton Cemetery, Casselton, North Dakota.

One child was born to William Franklin Nesemeier and his first wife, Nina Christman. She was Mildred Nesemeier, who was born June 24 1912 and died December 26, 1965 in San Diego, California. Her husband was George Ivan Sharpen. She is buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego.

Children of William Franklin Nesemeier and Selma Liebenow are:

    1. Lyle Herman Nesemeier, who was born June 14, 1919 in Casselton, North Dakota and died November 11, 1994 in Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota. He served in the U. S. Air Force for three years during World War II. He graduated from Interstate Business College in Fargo, North Dakota and worked at Miller & Holmes Inc. in St. Paul, Minnesota and Adams Transfer and Storage Company in Fargo, North Dakota. He was also an Office Manager at Georgia Pacific. His spouse is living.

    2. William Leroy Nesemeier, who was born March 9, 1926 and died on February 22, 1968 in Audubon, Minnesota. He was a farmer in Lake Park, Minnesota, and also a plumber. His spouse is living.

    3 & 4. Two other children, who are living.


 

Henry Franklin and Louise (Nesemeier) Hillborn

Louise Nesemeier (daughter of Herman Conrad Nesemeier) was born April 26, 1887 in Shannon and died of the Spanish Influenza following World War I on March 26, 1919 in North Dakota. She married Henry Franklin Hilborn on March 18, 1908. He was born March 26, 1884 in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada and died March 1961. Henry Franklin Hilborn farmed in Leal and Mohall, North Dakota ; in 1916, he farmed the Nesemeier farm at Casselton, North Dakota.  Children of Henry and Louise (Nesemeier) Hilborn are:

    1. Clayton Hilborn, who was born December 15, 1908 and died in a car accident in April 17, 1933 in Nevada. He was enroute to marrying his fiancé, Mellicent Truax of Rockford, Minnesota. He had served in the U. S. Navy.

    2. Wallace Donald Hilborn, who was born September 17, 1910 and died July 14, 1929 by drowning in the Casselton, North Dakota reservoir. He'd graduated from Casselton High School and the Interstate Business College in Fargo.

    3. Another child, who is living.

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Edward F. Nesemeier and Rosa (Erdmier)
Edward F. Nesemeier (son of Herman Conrad Nesemeier) was born July 3, 1885 and died January 11, 1952. He married Rosa Anna Erdmier on June 17, 1917 in Shannon. She was born January 2, 1891 in Shannon and died April 25, 1977 in Fargo, North Dakota. Her parents were August and Ella (Hamann) Erdmier.Edward F. Nesemeier and his wife Rosa Anna had no children of their own, but they took in Edward D. Nesemeier, whose parents were George and Esther (Erdmier) Nesemeier. George was Edward F.'s brother and Esther was Rosa Anna's sister. They also took in Clayton Hilborn, son of Edward F. Nesemeier's sister Louise and her husband Henry Hilborn. They farmed for many years west of Casselton, North Dakota. In 1944 Edward F. Nesemeier bought 4000 acres southwest of Mapleton, North Dakota with his nephew, Edward D. Nesemeier.

George and Lydia Caroline (Nesemeier) McIntyre
Lydia Caroline Nesemeier (daughter of Herman Conrad Nesemeier) was born January 26, 1890 and died August 25, 1952. She married George McIntyre on March 28, 1914. He was born May 12 1881 and died January 3, 1963. Lydia was educated at the School for Girls in Minneapolis, Minnesota. George McIntyre had panned for gold in Colorado as a young man. After he and Lydia married, they moved to Espanola, Washington. He worked in the plumbing business. They had two sons, who are living. Richard Hilborn also made his home with them.

George Herman and Esther (Erdmier) Nesemeier
George Herman Nesemeier (son of Herman Conrad Nesemeier) was born November 10, 1893 in Shannon and died June 26, 1977 in Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota. He studied law at University of Grand Forks, but was a farmer. On December 22, 1919 he married Esther Erdmier, daughter of August and Ella (Hamann) Erdmier. She was born June 30, 1898 in Shannon and died January 1983 in Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota. They divorced in March 1946. His second wife was Muriel Windom, whom he married in 1951. In 1952 he married Vera Lomis; she was born July 13, 1903 and died December 1991.  Children of George and Esther (Erdmier) Nesemeier are:

    1. Edward D. Nesemeier, who was born June 18, 1921 and died June 14, 1995 in Fargo, North Dakota. Edward D. Nesemeier attended North Dakota State University. He was one of two people from Cass County, North Dakota who went to Europe under President Eisenhower's People To People campaign. He was a farmer in Cass County at that time. He married in 1943; his spouse and five of his six children are living.

    2. Russell D. Nesemeier, who was born August 5, 1923 and died in a boating accident July 29, 1945 on Lake Sallie, Minnesota. He had been farming with his father.

    3. Another child, who is living.

Caroline E. (Nesemeier) Brockhausen Eickman
Caroline E. Nesemeier (daughter of Conrad Franklin Nesemeier) was born April 9, 1861 in Lippe Detmold, Germany and died September 18, 1953 in Freeport. She first married Edward Brockhausen on March 29, 1883 in Shannon. (His name was spelled both Brockhausen and Brokhausen). He was born 1861 in Illinois and died 1920. His parents were also William and Hermena (Korf) Brockhausen, and his sister was Louise Brockhausen. Caroline E. Nesemeier and Edward Brockhausen had a double wedding with their siblings, Herman Conrad Nesemeier and Louise Brockhausen. Edward Brockhausen owned 374 acres in Section 4, Silver Creek Township, Stephenson County, Illinois.

Caroline E. (Nesemeier) and Edward Brockhausen had this child:
1. Jessie Caroline Boyer Brockhausen, who was born July 6, 1885 in Ridott, Stephenson County, Illinois and died September 1, 1962 in Longmont, Boulder County, Colorado.
However, Caroline E. (Nesemeier) and Edward Brockhausen raised four other children. According to the Nesemeier Family Register, "The Nesemeiers had a cousin, a Mrs. Boyer, who passed away leaving four children: Tillie, Hiram, William, and Jessie. Tillie, the oldest, is the only one living and she is 94 years old and lives out in Ohio. (Note: This would have been about 1980.) Caroline and Ed Brockhausen took the boys and Jessie in their home to live, after their mother's death. The boys were pretty well grown, so didn't live there so many years. Jessie, the younger, lived there the longest. Hiram and William both married and lived in Freeport." I was unable to find any of them on the US Federal Censuses for Stephenson County.

Caroline Nesemeier Brockhausen's Marriage To William Eickmann
Late in her life, Caroline Nesemeier Brockhausen married William Eickmann on August 15, 1925. He was born September 15, 1862 in Pecatonica, Winnebago County, Illinois and died January 10, 1942 in Kansas (while visiting his children from his prior marriage). His parents were Ludwig Christoffel and Mary (Neismeier) Eickmann. (Note: This spelling of his mother's maiden name may be a misspelling of Nesemeier, but it comes from an Eickmann source, and does not appear in the Nesemeier Family Register.) William Eickmann's prior wife was Emma L. Runte.

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Photo is Caroline & 2nd Husband William Eickman

According to the Nesemeier Family Register, when Caroline E. Nesemeier was married to William Eickmann they owned a beautiful brick home on Lincoln Blvd. in Freeport, Illinois. In her later years, Caroline moved into a large apartment house she owned in downtown Freeport ; her brother's wife Elyzabeth, and their adopted daughter Bessie moved in with her. I'm not sure when that was. In April, 1930, when the US Federal Census was taken, William and Caroline were living at 1249 South Maple Ave. in Freeport with their grandson, Eugene Pfile. And Frederick, Elyzabeth, and Bessie were living at 1004 S. Maple Avenue. Neither of these addresses could be considered downtown Freeport. I found Caroline Eickman's name in a list of property tax assessments in a 1939 edition of the Freeport Journal Standard. Although no street name was given, they appeared to have been listed by street, for many of the same people who appeared on the 1930 census as living near William and Caroline were also listed near her on the tax assessment page.

The Nesemeier Family Register states that Caroline, Edward Brockhausen, and William Eickmann are all buried near one another in Oakland Cemetery, Freeport, Illinois. However, this isn't so. My Horner source on the Eickman/Eickmann family states that William Eickmann was buried in the Chester Cemetery at Chester, Kansas, and Oakland Cemetery records do now show him buried there. Oakland Cemetery records do show Caroline being buried there, as Caroline Eichman, and Edward being buried there as Edward Brokhausen.

Lewis Dahlam and Jessie Caroline (Brockhausen) Pfile

Jessie Caroline Boyer Brockhausen (daughter of Caroline E. Nesemeier Brockhausen) was born July 6, 1885 in Ridott, Stephenson County, Illinois and died September 1, 1962 in Longmont, Boulder County, Colorado. She married Lewis Dahlam Pfile on October 23, 1907. (Note: The Nesemeier Family Register gives his name as Lewis Sohlem Pfile, but it‘s Dahlam on his World War I Registration Card.) He was born on January 31, 1883 and died November 1, 1918. He farmed 35 acres in Section 30, Lancaster Township, Stephenson County ; this farm was called Maple Crest Farm. But despite his date of death being during World War I, he may never have served. He does not appear on the Honor Roll of the Great War for Stephenson County, Illinois. I could find no other information for him.  After Lewis Pfile died, Jessie Caroline then married Vernon H. Taylor, on June 6, 1922. He was born December 16, 1895 and died in 1958. His parents were E. and Linnie (Aspinwall) Taylor. Vernon H. Taylor was a rural mail carrier. After he died, Jessie sold her house in Freeport and moved to Longmont, Colorado, where her son Eugene and his family lived.

Jessie Brockhausen and Lewis Pfile had this child:

    1. Eugene F. Pfile, born October 15, 1910 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois and died January 25, 1991 in Boulder, Colorado.

Eugene F. Pfile was married first to Elizabeth A. Ferguson on August 23, 1937 in Freeport. She died August 21, 1958 in Longmont, Boulder County, Colorado. They had two children, who are living. He married Alice Aronson on April 6, 1965 in Longmont. She was born May 1, 1920 and died April 3, 2001 in Longmont. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois and served in the US Army as a Major, serving as a doctor with the 92nd Evacuation Hospital in the South Pacific Theatre during World War II. After the war, he was a doctor in Longmont between 1951 - 1976. He is buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Longmont, Colorado.

August and Pauline (Wallbaum) Nesemeier
August Franklin Nesemeier (son of Conrad Franklin Nesemeier) was born September 20, 1865 in Shannon, Carroll County, Illinois and died January 4, 1956 in Fargo, North Dakota. He is buried in Leonard Cemetery, Leonard, Cass County, North Dakota. His first wife was Pauline Wallbaum, who he married on September 17, 1889 in Monroe, Wisconsin. She was born October 15, 1871 in Freeport and died December 17, 1909 in Sheldon, Obrien and Sioux Counties, Iowa. She is buried in East Lawn Cemetery, Sheldon, Iowa. Her father was Henry Wallbaum.  In 1892, August and his family moved from Shannon, Carroll County, Illinois to Sheldon, Iowa, where they purchased a farm. Then in the fall of 1913, August Nesemeier and his oldest son, Arthur, went to North Dakota to look for property. They bought land in Section 23 (township name not given), near Casselton, North Dakota. August moved his family there in March 1914.  On June 17, 1920 August Nesemeier married Elizabeth Unknown, who had been living before 1917 in Moorhead, Minnesota. Her prior husband was Unknown Helgerson, and they had two children: Robert Helgerson and Vera Helgerson. She died in 1937 in Washington. August and Elizabeth Nesemeier had no children of their own.

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August and Pauline (Wallbaum) Nesemeier

Children of August and Pauline (Wallbaum) Nesemeier are:
1. Arthur Franklin Nesemeier, who was born April 7, 1891 in Shannon and died August 13, 1963 in Leonard, Cass County, North Dakota.
2. Mable Melinda Nesemeier, who was born December 4, 1892 in Shannon and died November 2, 1957.
3. Luella Dorothy Nesemeier, who was born March 22 1894 in Sheldon, Iowa and died April 9, 1960 in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois.
4. Fred Emanuel Nesemeier, who was born September 8, 1895 and died October 24, 1970 in Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota.
5. Frank Conrad Nesemeier, who was born July 4, 1897 and died December 6, 1960 in Leonard, North Dakota.
6. Rose Myrtle Nesemeier, who was born December 7, 1898 in Sheldon, Iowa and died June 28, 1973 in Denver, Colorado.
7. Earl William Nesemeier, who was born February 13, 1900 in Sheldon, Iowa and died March 1986 in Leonard, Cass County, North Dakota.
8. Lee Roy Nesemeier, who was born September 12, 1901 and died May 8, 1975.
9. Lillian P. Nesemeier, who was born October 14, 1902 and died March 17, 1904. She is buried at East Lawn Cemetery, Sheldon, Iowa.
10. Alice Arvilla Nesemeier, who was born May 17, 1904 at Sheldon, Iowa.
11. Alfred John Nesemeier, who was born June 11, 1905 and died July 23, 1994 at Barnesville, Clay County, Minnesota.
12. Floyd Henry Nesemeier, who was born June 11, 1907 at Sheldon, Iowa and died October 9, 2002 at West Fargo, North Dakota.
13. Sadie Mae Nesemeier, who was born September 16, 1908 and died June 18, 1957 at Fargo, North Dakota.
14. Pauline Frederica Nesemeier, who was born December 13, 1909 at Sheldon, Iowa and died December 14, 1997.

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    Back Row: Earl, Frank, Arthur, Fred & Lee Nesemeier
    Middle Row: Rose, Luella, father August, Mable & Alice Nesemeier
    Front Row: Alfred, Floyd, Pauline & Sadie Nesemeier

 

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Arthur Franklin and Florence (Elliott) Nesemeier and Their Children

Arthur Franklin Nesemeier (son of August Nesemeier) was born April 7, 1891 in Shannon and died August 13, 1963 in Leonard, Cass County, North Dakota. On June 20, 1916 he married Florence Elliott. Born on March 3, 1887, she was the daughter of George Elliott and Sarah Unknown. She died May 27, 1952 in Leonard, North Dakota. Arthur Franklin Nesemeier was a farmer, and he also built wells, windmills, and did plumbing. He and Florence (Elliott) Nesemeier are both buried in Leonard Cemetery, Leonard, Cass County, North Dakota.

Children of Arthur and Florence (Elliott) Nesemeier are:

    1. Boyden Arthur Nesemeier, who was born September 22, 1917 in Leonard, North Dakota and died January 7, 1995 in Leonard, North Dakota. He is buried in Leonard Cemetery, Leonard, North Dakota. He married Elda King on September 26, 1940 in Glendive, Montana. She was born September 4, 1922 in Buffalo, North Dakota and died in December 1973. They lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They had no children. In August 31, 1974 he married Harriet A. Schaffer, whose prior husband was Melvin Dornbush. She died on April 17, 2006 in Brookings, Brookings County, South Dakota, and is buried in Milbank Cemetery, Grant County, South Dakota.

    2. Sarah Nesemeier, who was born May 2, 1922 in Leonard, North Dakota and died May 11, 1922 in Leonard. She is buried in Leonard Cemetery, Leonard, North Dakota.


Chris Richtsmeier and Mable Melinda (Nesemeier) and Their Children
Mable Melinda Nesemeier (daughter of August Nesemeier) was born December 4, 1892 in Shannon and died November 2, 1957. She married Chris Richtsmeier on January 27, 1913 in Albert Lee, Minnesota. He was born November 5, 1890 in Ackley, Iowa and died January 27, 1971 in Fargo, North Dakota. His parents were Henry F. and Martha (Stomberg) Richtsmeier. (Their biography is located near the beginning of this text.) Chris Richtsmeier farmed in Iowa before moving to North Dakota in 1917. He owned half of Section 24, Leonard Township, Cass County, North Dakota and half of Section 20, Hunter Township, Cass County. Chris and Mable Richtsmeier are both buried in the Hunter Cemetery in Hunter, North Dakota.
Children of Mable Nesemeier and Chris Richtsmeier are:

    1. Laura Christine Richtsmeier, who was born June 2, 1913 in Ackley, Iowa and died December 31, 1998 in Hunter, North Dakota. She married George Burchill; he was born January 26, 1911 and died November 1983 in Lisbon, Ransom County, North Dakota. He was a farmer in Hunter, North Dakota, owning the southeast quarter of Section 29 (township name not given) near Hunter, North Dakota. When they retired from farming, they moved to Lisbon, North Dakota. They had 7 children, all of whom are alive.

    2. Carl Richtsmeier was born February 4, 1916 in Ackley, Iowa and died December 23, 2006 in Galesburg Trail, North Dakota. He married Gladys Beryl Myers on September 8, 1937 in Moorhead, Minnesota. She was born December 1, 1916 and died February 4, 2000 in Hunter, Cass County, North Dakota. He owned a farm west of Hunter, North Dakota. They had 5 children, all of whom are alive.

    3. Walter Christian Richtsmeier, who was born March 2, 1919 in Leonard, Cass County, North Dakota and died April 17, 1919. He was initially buried at the Bethel Moravian Church Cemetery, Leonard, North Dakota ; years later his grave was moved to the Richtsmeier family plot, west of Hunter, North Dakota.

    4. Wallace Richtsmeier was born March 24, 1935 in Hunter, North Dakota and died March 1, 1979. He farmed his parents' farm. His wife and his four children are living.

     

Herman and Luella Dorothy (Nesemeier) Leemkuil

Luella Dorothy Nesemeier (daughter of August Nesemeier) was born March 22 1894 in Sheldon, Iowa and died April 9, 1960 in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois. She married Herman Leemkuil on February 12, 1920 in Sibly, Iowa. He was the son of Dirk Leemkuil and Unknown, and born May 24, 1889; he died March 23, 1979 in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois. He served in the US Army during World War I. He was a carpenter his whole life, working for various construction companies. Luella was a cook in a hospital in Sheldon, Iowa. She had moved to Leonard, North Dakota in May 1914 with her family, but had later moved back to Sheldon, Iowa. After their marriage in 1920, they moved to Rockford, Illinois.
The child of Heman and Luella Dorothy (Nesemeier) Leemkuil is:

    1. Wilma Izetta Leemkuil, who was born June 27, 1921 and died December 27, 2003 in Carmel, Hamilton County, Indiana. She married Leo Eugene Nicely on April 22, 1942. He was born June 4, 1918 and died April 22, 1991. He served in the US Army for 4 ½ years during World War II. He was serving at Camp Livingston, Louisiana when they married (but the source didn't state the couple was married there). After the war, Leo Nicely worked as a truck dispatcher at Sunstrand Company in Rockford, Illinois. and at Metropolitan Insurance Company. Wilma worked at National Lock Company and at Amerock Company, both of which are in Rockford, Illinois. They lived in Byron, Ogle County, Illinois. They had three children, all of whom are alive.



Fred Emanuel and Myrtle (Elliott) Nesemeier
Fred Emanuel Nesemeier (son of August Nesemeier) was born September 8, 1895 and died October 24, 1970 in Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota. He married Myrtle Elliott on August 14, 1918; she was the daughter of George Elliott and Sarah Unknown. Myrtle was born October 3, 1897 and died August 2, 1942. Fred served in the US Army during World War I. After they married, Fred and Myrtle Nesemeier lived with her parents for awhile and farmed their farm. Then Fred worked at the Armour (Meat) Plant at West Fargo, North Dakota for 35 years. Both are buried at Leonard Cemetery, Leonard, North Dakota.

    Children of Fred and Myrtle (Elliott) Nesemeier are:

    1. Dale Clayton Nesemeier, who was born March 24, 1920 and died November 16, 1981. His spouse is living. He served during World War II in the US Army, with the 713th Railroad Engineers, in North Africa, Italy, France, and Germany ; he was discharged September 5, 1945. He worked 4 years at the Northern Pacific Railroad. He and his spouse had four children, all of whom are alive.

    2. Betty Myrtle Nesemeier, who was born August 3, 1922 in Leonard North Dakota and died January 15, 2004 in Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County, Minnesota. She attended Moorhead State College, Moorhead, Minnesota for 2 years. She taught school 4 years in Cass County, North Dakota, and also worked in the office of Central Livestock Commission for 8 years. She also worked at Northern Drug Company for 8 years, the McCollum Food Brokerage, and Fargo Postal Employees Credit Union. Betty Myrtle Nesemeier did not marry. She is buried at Leonard Cemetery, Leonard, Cass County, North Dakota.

     

Frank Conrad and Edna (Eggen) Nesemeier
Frank Conrad Nesemeier (son of August Nesemeier) was born July 4, 1897 and died December 6, 1960 in Leonard, North Dakota. He married Edna Eggen on May 6, 1928; she was born January 23, 1900 and died May 1981 in Lisbon, Ransom County, North Dakota. Her parents owned a hardware and furniture store in Hannah, North Dakota, but this source doesn't give their names. Frank Conrad Nesemeier was called into service with the US Army during World War I, but he was getting on a train to report when the war ended. (Note: This statement is unclear. It implies he was immediately discharged but I don't know if that was true.) He owned a farm west of Leonard, North Dakota, part of which he sold to the Leonard Golf Club. He is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Fargo, North Dakota. Frank and Edna (Eggen) Nesemeier had no children.


Richard F. Greuel and Rose Myrtle (Nesemeier)
Rose Myrtle Nesemeier (daughter of August Nesemeier) was born December 7, 1898 in Sheldon, Iowa and died June 28, 1973 in Denver, Colorado. She married Richard F. Greuel on June 25, 1919 in Leonard, North Dakota. He was the son of Chris Greuel and born on October 9, 1893; he died December 1988 in Denver, Adams County, Colorado. Richard F. Greuel served in the US Army during World War I. He worked as a farmer, operated Dick's Café in Leonard, North Dakota, the Sears Farm Store in Fargo, North Dakota, and worked in the Veterans Hospital in Fargo.

    Children of Richard F. Rose Myrtle (Nesemeier) Greuel are:

    1. Loren Edgar Greuel, who was born November 29, 1921 in Leonard, North Dakota and died January 25, 2000 in Denver, Adams County, Colorado. His spouse is living. He served in the US Army during World War II as Waist Gunner and Assistant Engineer on the Pacific Avenger, one of the Liberator Bombers of the 7th Air Force, stationed in the Central Pacific. He worked 24 years at Martin Marietta Corporation near Waterton, Colorado.


Loren Edgar Greuel and his spouse had 4 children now living, and one deceased:

    1. Linda Evonne Greuel, born December 22, 1947 and died December 30, 1947. She is buried in Bethel Moravian Church Cemetery, Leonard, North Dakota.

    2. Darlene Rose Greuel, who was born September 15, 1933 in Leonard, North Dakota and died 24 January 2001. She first married Donald Walker on June 5, 1951 at Lowry Air Force Base (location not given). He was born July 13, 1932 in Nekoma, North Dakota and died January 14, 1960. He died of severe burns from an explosion at his job caused by an employee who lit a cigarette when he was working with liquid oxygen. (He worked at Martin Marietta Corporation.) He is buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery (location not given). Darlene Rose Greuel next married a spouse who is living. She graduated May 1973 from Community College of Denver, Colorado with an Associate Degree in Nursing. She worked as a nurse in hospitals, nursing homes, and church camps. She and her first husband had four children, who are living.


Earl William and Verlon (Elliott) Nesemeier
Earl William Nesemeier (son of August Nesemeier) was born February 13, 1900 in Sheldon, Iowa and died March 1986 in Leonard, Cass County, North Dakota. He married Verlon Elliott on March 12, 1928. She was the daughter of George Elliott and Sarah Unknown, and was worn August 16, 1901 in Leonard, North Dakota. She died May 9, 1996 in Leonard, North Dakota. Both are buried in Leonard Cemetery, Leonard, North Dakota. Earl William Nesemeier was a farmer; in 1939 he bought his wife's parents' farm, which was the southeast quarter of Section 22 (township name is not given but it is probably Leonard Township ). They retired in 1972 and moved to Leonard. He was the Sexton on the Cemetery Board for 27 years.

    Children of Gary Earl and Verlon (Elliott) Nesemeier were.

    1. Gary Earl Nesemeier, who was born April 1, 1939 and died September 1985. He worked at Woods Elevator, and at North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota. His spouse is living, and they had three children who are living.

    2. One child, who is living


Lee Roy and Amanda ( Saar ) Nesemeier
Lee Roy Nesemeier (son of August Nesemeier) was born September 12, 1901 and died May 8, 1975. He married Amanda Saar, who was the daughter of Herman Saar and Unknown. She was born February 16, 1908 and died May 23, 1957 (in a car-train accident). He and his wife are both buried in Leonard Cemetery, Leonard, North Dakota. Lee Roy was a farmer, first on the Burgeson farm and then on the Nesemeier home farm.

    Children of Lee Roy and Amanda ( Saar ) Nesemeier are:

    1. Lamoin Nesemeier, who was born October 5, 1931 and died June 4, 2002 in Leonard, North Dakota. He is buried in Leonard Cemetery. He served in the US Army Engineers. He graduated from North Dakota State University, and farmed with his father. He was also manager of the Pierce Trailer Court in West Fargo, North Dakota. His spouse is living, as are his 3 children.

    2. & 3. Two living children.

    4. Dallas Delano Nesemeier, who was born August 13, 1945 and died August 16, 1945. He is buried at Leonard Cemetery, Leonard, North Dakota.



Henning O. and Alice Arvilla (Nesemeier) Vangsness And Their Child
Alice Arvilla Nesemeier (daughter of August Nesemeier) was born May 17, 1904 at Sheldon, Iowa and died February 1975 in Pine River, Cass County, Minnesota. She married Henning O. Vangsness on March 26, 1926, who was the son of Ludvig Vangsness. Henning O. Vangsness was born August 22, 1903 and died September 29, 1939. (He died from a truck accident on Highway 46; it doesn't say where that is.) Between September 1927 - 1929, they moved to Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois where her two sisters, Luella and Pauline, were living at the time. Henning Vangsness worked at Mechanics Universal Joint Company in Rockford at that time. In 1929, they moved back to Leonard, North Dakota. Alice Arvilla Nesemeier worked at St. John's Hospital for more than 16 years.
The child of Henning O. and Alice Arvilla (Nesemeier) Vangsness was:

    1. Harlyn Floyd Vangsness, who was born March 29, 1928 in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois and died March 19, 2000 in Leonard, North Dakota. He served in the Korean War, and worked in Northern School Supply for 28 years. His spouse and three children are living.



Alfred John and Martha ( Saar ) Nesemeier
Alfred John Nesemeier (son of August Nesemeier) was born June 11, 1905 and died July 23, 1994 at Barnesville, Clay County, Minnesota. He married Martha Saar on December 7, 1927 in Leonard, North Dakota. She was the daughter of Herman Saar and Unknown. She was born August 27, 1906. Alfred and Martha both worked for Armour Meats in West Fargo, North Dakota. They retired at Barnesville, Minnesota.

    Children of Alfred John and Martha ( Saar ) Nesemeier are:
    1. Dwain Virgil Nesemeier, who was born June 22, 1928 in Leonard, North Dakota and died July 11, 2001 in Barnesville, Clay County, Minnesota. He is buried in Leonard Cemetery, Leonard, North Dakota. Dwain did not marry. He moved to Pomona, California with his parents, stayed 18 years, but moved back to Barnesville, Minnesota in 1980.

    2 & 3. Two children, who are living.


Floyd Henry and Helen (Tonn) Nesemeier
Floyd Henry Nesemeier (son of August Nesemeier) was born June 11, 1907 at Sheldon, Iowa and died October 9, 2002 at West Fargo, North Dakota.. He married Helen Tonn on May 31, 1929. She was born September 23, 1909 and died August 25, 1978 in West Fargo, North Dakota. She is buried in Sunset Memorial Gardens, West Fargo, North Dakota. She worked as a school teacher before marrying; after marrying, she worked at food markets in West Fargo. Floyd Henry Nesemeier worked at Armour and Co. for 31 years.

The children of Floyd Henry and Helen (Tonn) Nesemeier are:

    1. One child, who is living.

    2. Sylvia Helen Nesemeier, who was born August 18, 1931 and died March 12, 2001 at Vergas, Otter Tail County, Minnesota. She was the first woman in North Dakota to become a licensed softball umpire. Between September 1951 and 1960, she enlisted in the US Army Women's Corp, and served in the Army Reserves after 1963. She worked 14 years at Western Union in Fargo, North Dakota.

    3. Clayton Lynn Nesemeier, who was born December 9, 1933 and died October 13, 1962 (from Hodgkin's Disease). He served 2 years in the US Army. He was employed by Sherman Plumbing and was the Fire Chief of Horace, North Dakota. He is buried at Sunset Memorial Gardens, West Fargo, North Dakota. His spouse and 3 children are living.


Harvey and Sadie Mae (Nesemeier) Kensinger
Sadie Mae Nesemeier (daughter of August Nesemeier) was born September 16, 1908 and died June 18, 1957 at Fargo, North Dakota; she is buried at Sunset Memorial Gardens, West Fargo, North Dakota. She married Harvey Kensinger on March 20, 1930. He was born December 28, 1898 and died September 1984 in Denver, Adams County, Colorado. He was a carpenter, building houses.
The children of Harvey and Sadie Mae (Nesemeier) Kensinger were:

    1. Lois Mae Kensinger, who was born August 2, 1931 in Leonard, North Dakota and died June 7, 2002 in Denver, Colorado. She married Clarence Lee on June 21, 1952; he died March 1977. She worked at the Lee Grocery in Moorhead, Minnesota ; it was Clarence Lee's parents' store. They had two children who are living.

    2. Wallace Gene Kensinger, who was born September 18, 1934 and died December 28, 1975 in Denver, Colorado. His spouse and his seven children are living.

 

Otto and Pauline Frederica (Nesemeier) Buss
Pauline Frederica Nesemeier (daughter of August Nesemeier) was born December 13, 1909 at Sheldon, Iowa and died December 14, 1997. Her first husband was Elmer Cloyd, whom she married November 28, 1935 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. They lived in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois and she worked 5 years at National Lock Company and 11 at Amerock, both in Rockford. They had no children, and after her divorce from him in 1945 she resumed her maiden name. She moved back to Leonard, North Dakota and worked in a café there. On January 16, 1946 she married Otto Buss; he was born February 4, 1901 and died July 29, 1957. He is buried in Bethel Moravian Church Cemetery, Leonard, North Dakota. Pauline Nesemeier Buss was the author and compiler of the Nesemeier Family Register.

Otto and Pauline (Nesemeier) Buss had one child, who is living.

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Back Row: Luella, Earl, Frank, Floyd & Mable
Middle Row:Arthur, Rose, Alice & Fred
Front Row: Alice, Sadie, father August, Pauline & Sadie

William Frederick And Anna ( Temple ) Nesemeier
William Frederick Nesemeier (son of Conrad Franklin Nesemeier) was born June 26, 1872 and died December 8 1927 in Shannon . He married Anna Temple on January 24, 1895 in Shannon, Carroll County , Illinois . (The Illinois Statewide Marriage Index gives the same date but states they married in Stephenson County; I don’t know which county is correct.) Anna Temple was born April 27, 1873 in Illinois and died June 18, 1951 in Freeport , Stephenson County , Illinois . Her parents were Wessell B. and Anna (Unknown) Temple . William Frederick Nesemeier owned 280 acres in Section 16, Shannon Township , Carroll County . His specialty was raising Pekin ducks.

After William Frederick Nesemeier died, Anna married Bartlett Brauer, on October 26, 1935. He was born about 1873 in Germany and died February 21, 1950 in Stephenson County , Illinois . (His prior spouse was Anna Unknown, who was born about 1877 in Germany and died November 2, 1933 in Freeport.) William and Anna ( Temple ) Nesemeier were both buried in Lane Cemetery , Florence Station, Stephenson County , Illinois .

Children of William Frederick and Anna ( Temple ) Nesemeier are:
1. Frank Conrad Nesemeier, who was born February 11, 1896 and died October 1, 1970.
2. Benjamin Nesemeier, born July 1898 and died in 1898. He is buried at Lane Cemetery , Florence Station, Stephenson County , Illinois .
3. William Wesley Nesemeier, born December 1, 1899 in Baileyville, Stephenson County , Illinois . He died January 30, 1940.
4. Wesley Albert Nesemeier, born May 16, 1901 in Illinois and died May 4, 1980 in Milledgeville, Carroll County , Illinois .
5. Anna Christine Nesemeier, born April 28, 1903 in Illinois and died December 6, 1958.
6. Frederick Harold Nesemeier, who was born February 19, 1908 in Shannon, Carroll County , Illinois and died July 25, 1961.
7. Lemoin H. Nesemeier, who was born January 25, 1911 in Illinois and died May 14, 1962.
8. Paul Kenneth Nesemeier, who was born December 16, 1913 in Illinois and died December 1986 in Mount Morris , Ogle County , Illinois .
9. Lucille Elizabeth Nesemeier, who was born August 19, 1915 in Illinois and died February 29, 1980 in Phoenix , Maricopa County , Arizona .
10. Nadien C. Nesemeier, who was born July 23, 1919 and died in 1919. She is buried in Lane Cemetery , Florence Station, Stephenson County , Illinois .

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William Frederick and Anna ( Temple ) Nesemeier


Fred Conrad and Corrine (Cheeseman) Nesemeier

Frank Conrad Nesemeier (son of William Frederick Nesemeier) was born February 11, 1896 and died October 1, 1970. He married Corrine Cheeseman on June 2, 1914; she was the daughter of Charles and Lydia (Hollman) Cheeseman. She was born August 30, 1895 in Illinois and died May 15, 1972. Frank Conrad Nesemeier was a farmer.

    Children of Frank Conrad and Corrine (Cheeseman) Nesemeier are:

    1. Gregg C. Nesemeier, who was born June 1, 1914 in Lancaster Township, Stephenson County, Illinois and died February 26, 1943. He was serving in the US Army Air Forces, the 401st Bomber Squadron, 91st Bomber Group, Heavy, and was reported missing in action on February 26, 1943. His body was never found; his name appears on the Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England. He had enlisted on December 8, 1941. Gregg C. Nesemeier was married to Dorothy Echler on April 12, 1936.

    2. Lynn Randall Nesemeier, who was born June 20, 1915 in Illinois and died August 1, 2000 in Spooner, Washburn County, Wisconsin. He married Luella Becker on July 30, 1938; she was born August 5, 1918 and died September 27, 1997 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. They had six children, who are living.

    3. A child who is living, who married and had seven children.

    4. Vincent William Nesemeier, who was born December 1, 1918 in Illinois and died April 1986 in Freeport. He was married twice, to women who are probably living. He had six children, who are living.

    5. Hilda Nesemeier, who was born February 23, 1920 and died December 10, 1992. She married LeRoy Milliken on September 21, 1943; he was born September 6, 1910 and died June 1978 in McConnell, Stephenson County, Illinois. They lived in McConnell. They had one child, who is living.

    6. Frank Nesemeier, who was born February 18, 1924 and died December 1983. He served in the US Air Force as a radio control technician, working on airplanes; he served in Japan and Saudi Arabia. He was employed as field service engineer for Northrup Corporation for 27 years. He married a spouse who is living. When he retired, they moved from Camarillo, California to Bend, Oregon. They had two children, who are living.

    7. Donna Mae Nesemeier, who was born December 2, 1930 and died December 4, 1930.

    8. A child who is living.

    9. Beverly Jane Nesemeier, who was born July 27, 1934 and died March 23, 2004 in Casselberry, Seminole County, Florida. Her spouse is living, as are their three children.

    10. A child who is living.

     

William Wesley and Laura (Moring) Nesemeier And Their Children
William Wesley Nesemeier (son of William Frederick Nesemeier) was born December 1, 1899 in Baileyville, Stephenson County, Illinois and died January 30, 1940. He married Laura Moring about 1921; she was the daughter of Lewis and Caroline (Zumdahl) Moring. Laura was born November 28, 1897 in Baileyville and died November 1969 in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois. He was a farmer in the Shannon, Carroll County area. After he died, Laura moved to Freeport. They are both buried in Oakland Cemetery, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. The children of William Wesley and Laura (Moring) Nesemeier are:

    1. A child who is living.

    2. Stanley William Nesemeier, who was born August 26, 1924 in Baileyville, Stephenson County, Illinois and died November 30, 1990. His spouse is living; two of his three children are deceased.

    3. Betty Jane Nesemeier was born August 25, 1927 in Illinois and died September 28, 2005 in Shannon, Carroll County, Illinois. Her spouse is living, as are their three children.

    4 & 5. Two children who are living.

     

Wesley Albert and Catherine Amanda (Livengood) Nesemeier
Wesley Albert Nesemeier (son of William Frederick Nesemeier) was born May 16, 1901 in Illinois and died May 4, 1980 in Milledgeville, Carroll County, Illinois. He married Catherine Amanda Livengood on June 22, 1930; she was the daughter of Charles and Hattie (Goble) Livengood. She was born March 5, 1909 in Carroll County, Illinois and died February 15, 1967. Wesley Albert Nesemeier farmed the Livengood farms at Milledgeville, Carroll County, Illinois. Both Wesley and Catherine are buried at the Lanark Cemetery, Lanark, Carroll County, Illinois.  Wesley and Catherine (Livengood) Nesemeier had this child:

1. Gordon Keith Nesemeier, who was born September 12, 1933 and died October 30, 2000 in Milledgeville. His spouse is living, as are two of their three children.

Nelson Charles and Anna Christine (Nesemeier) Meier
Anna Christine Nesemeier (daughter of William Frederick Nesemeier) was born April 28, 1903 in Illinois and died December 6, 1958. She married Nelson Charles Meier. He was born February 4, 1900 and died June 26, 1988 in Freeport. After they married he farmed in Cherry Grove Township, Carroll County, Illinois. After she died, her husband ran a tavern in Pearl City, Stephenson County, Illinois. They had one child, who is living.

Frederick Harold and Ada Minnie (Wubbena) Nesemeier
Frederick Harold Nesemeier (son of William Frederick Nesemeier) was born February 19, 1908 in Shannon, Carroll County, Illinois and died July 25, 1961. He married Ada Minnie Wubbena on February 18, 1931; she was the daughter of Mensa Wubbena and Emma Unknown. Ada Minnie was married March 19, 1908 in Illinois and died December 7, 1946. He married another spouse later, who is living. Frederick owned and operated an oil business (gas station) in Shannon. Ada had been a school teacher.  The children of Frederick Harold and Ada (Wubbena) Nesemeier are:

    1. A child who is living.
    2. Richard Lee Nesemeier, who was born November 6, 1933 in Stephenson County, Illinois and died July 15, 2007 in Shannon, Carroll County, Illinois. His spouse and their four children are living.
    3. A child who is living.


Lemoin H. and Helen Mae (Colbert) Nesemeier
Lemoin H. Nesemeier (son of William Frederick Nesemeier) was born January 25, 1911 in Illinois and died May 14, 1962. He married Helen Mae Colbert on August 14, 1939. She was born January 5, 1912, and died June 1986 in Sebring, Highlands County, Florida. (She had married Warren Norris in 1971.) Her parents were Earl T. and Mary Jane (Kreider) Colbert. Lemoin H. Nesemeier worked for the Farm Bureau, and also operated an implement business in Oswego, Illinois. Helen Mae Colbert was a school teacher. They had no children. Lemoin H. Nesemeier is buried in Brethren Cemetery, Shannon, Carroll County, Illinois.


Paul Kenneth and Bernice (Diehl) Nesemeier
Paul Kenneth Nesemeier (son of William Frederick Nesemeier) was born December 16, 1913 in Illinois and died December 1986 in Mount Morris, Ogle County, Illinois. He married Berniece Diehl on April 12, 1936; she was the daughter of Roy Oliver and Ethel Carrie (Deets) Diehl. Berniece was born May 28, 1915 in Lanark, Carroll County, Illinois and died June 8, 2000 in Mount Morris, Ogle County, Illinois. Paul Kenneth Nesemeier worked first at Ogle Service Company in Oregon, Ogle County, and then at Kable Printing Company in Mt. Morris. He was an ink technician for 35 years. Both Paul and Berniece are buried in Lanark Cemetery, Lanark, Carroll County, Illinois.

    The children of Paul and Bernice (Diehl) Nesemeier are:

    1. & 2. Two children who are living.

    3. William Edward Nesemeier, who was born January 28, 1940 and died August 20, 1949 in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois. He is buried in Lanark Cemetery, Lanark, Carroll County, Illinois.

     

Robert Clyde and Lucille Elizabeth (Nesemeier) Meppen
Lucille Elizabeth Nesemeier (daughter of William Frederick Nesemeier) was born August 19, 1915 in Illinois and died February 29, 1980 in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona. She married Robert Clyde Meppen on April 6, 1940, who was the son of William Meppen and Olive Hart. Robert Clyde was born September 18, 1916 in Minnesota and died August 3, 2006 in phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona. He served as a Lieutenant Colonel on the US Air Force, and was shot down over Germany during World War II and taken prisoner. In 1955 the couple lived in Dixon, Lee County, Illinois. Robert Clyde and Lucille Elizabeth (Nesemeier) Meppen have two living children.

Brothers And Sisters Of Conrad Franklin Nesemeier
As stated at the beginning of this family history, the brothers and sisters of Conrad Franklin Nesemeier were:

    1. Frederick William Nesemeier, who was born February 17, 1821 in Lippe, Detmold, Germany and died February 2, 1892 in Rock Grove Township, Stephenson County, Illinois.

    2. Wilhelm Nesemeier, who was born about June 7 1823 in Lippe, Detmold, Germany and died February 7, 1882.

    3. Wilhelmina Nesemeier, who was born about 1827 in Lippe, Detmold, Germany.

4. Louisa Nesemeier, who was born October 1835 in Lippe, Detmold, Germany and died May 29, 1906 in Dakota, Stephenson County, Illinois.


Frederick William and Catherine (Schram) Nesemeier
Frederick William Nesemeier (brother of Conrad Franklin Nesemeier) was born February 17, 1821 in Lippe, Detmold Germany and died February 2, 1892 in Rock Grove Township, Stephenson County, Illinois. He first married an unknown woman in Germany, then in 1848 married Catherine Schram in Stephenson County, Illinois. She was born May 3, 1825 in Germany and died April 4, 1871. (Note: The Nesemeier Family Register spells her name Schrame, but the History of Stephenson County, Illinois written by Fulwider and published in 1910 spells it Schram in its biography of George Nesemeier, her son. I knew several generations of the Schram family in Stephenson County, some who are still there, so I think the spelling is likely to have been Schram.)

The Nesemeier Family Register gives an insight to another of the reasons people immigrated. While Frederick William Nesemeier lived in Lippe, Detmold, he and his family had to use the name Kriskee as their surname, because Kriskee was the name of the man Frederick William worked for. After they came to America, they could go back to using their real name, Nesemeier. Frederick William immigrated in 1847 only with his daughter Emma, not with his wife or the other children. In 1849, he bought 160 acres of land from the US Government in Rock Grove Township, Stephenson County, Illinois and settled there. Catherine Schram immigrated to America alone, before 1848. Later her parents also came and located in Illinois.
The child of Frederick William Nesemeier and Unknown is:

    1. Emma Nesemeier, born about 1846 in Germany and died between June 1880 - June 1900. (The text indicates there were other children, who stayed with their mother in Germany, but it does not name them.)


The children of Frederick William and Catherine (Schram) Nesemeier are:

    1. Henry Nesemeier, born June 12 1851in Rock Grove Township, Stephenson County, Illinois and died January 1, 1887. He did not marry.
    2. Fred Nesemeier, who was born February 4, 1853, Rock Grove Township and died April 16, 1894. He did not marry.
    3. George Nesemeier, who was born April 21, 1858 in Rock Grove Township and died October 11, 1929.
    4. Minnie Nesemeier, who was born November 20, 1861 in Rock Grove Township and died September 28, 1942. Minnie Nesemeier did not marry.
    5. Mary Nesemeier, who was born August 1862 in Rock Grove Township and died February 12, 1935 in Dakota, Stephenson County, Illinois.
    6. Martha Nesemeier, who was born March 3, 1867 in Rock Grove Township and died May 31, 1929. She did not marry.


Arndt and Emma (Nesemeier) Niedermeier
Emma Nesemeier (daughter of Frederick William Nesemeier) was born about 1846 in Germany and died between June 1880 - June 1900. She married Arndt Niedermeier on January 14, 1876 in Stephenson County, Illinois. He was born about 1854 in Germany and died between June 1880 - June 1900. The children of Arndt and Emma (Nesemeier) Niedermeier are:

    1. Emma Niedermeier, who was born December 1876 in Rock Run Township, Stephenson County, Illinois and died December 13, 1928 in Rock Run Township, Stephenson County, Illinois.
    2. Arndt Niedermeier, who was born April 1878 in Rock Run Township. He was a farmer.
    3. Pauline Niedermeier, who was born June 1881 in Rock Run Township.
    4. George Niedermeier, who was born July 1882 in Rock Run Township.
    5. Lucetta Niedermeier, who was born March 1885 in Rock Run Township and died May 1, 1947 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois.
    6. William Niedermeier, who was born March 1888 in Rock Run Township and died September 17, 1927 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. He married Verna Meinert on May 10, 1923 in Stephenson County, Illinois.


According to the Nesemeier Family Register, of their six children only William Niedermeier married. The other five all lived together on their farm until they retired and moved to Rock City, Stephenson County, Illinois.


George and Flora (Keister) Nesemeier
George Nesemeier (son of Frederick William Nesemeier) was born April 21, 1858 in Rock Grove Township and died October 11, 1929. He married Flora Keister in 1893 in Stephenson County, Illinois, the daughter of Harvey Keister and Margaret Unknown. She was born March 9, 1866 and died April 9, 1936. George was a farmer and owned 80 acres in Section 12, Dakota Township, Stephenson County, Illinois.

The children of George and Flora (Keister) Nesemeier are:

    1. Clarence Nesemeier, who was born June 8 1894 and died January 16, 1922. He graduated from Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin.
    2. Clifford Guy Nesemeier, who was born November 7, 1895 and died November 7, 1959.
    3. Russell Nesemeier, who was born April 4, 1904 and died September 24, 1991.



Clifford Guy and Edith (Treece) Nesemeier
Clifford Guy Nesemeier (son of George Nesemeier) was born November 7, 1895 and died November 7, 1959. He married Edith Treece in 1922; she was the daughter of Willis Treece and Unknown, and born in Cobden, Illinois. Clifford Guy Nesemeier was a farmer in the Dakota, Stephenson County, Illinois area. Edith had graduated from Beloit College and was a school teacher.  The children of Clifford Guy and Edith (Treece) Nesemeier are:

    1.& 2. Two children who are living.

    3. George W. Nesemeier, who was born June 28, 1932 and died January 2, 1986 in Loves Park, Winnebago County, Illinois. He graduated from S. I. N. U. (I think this acronym might mean Southern Illinois University, but I could be wrong), and served in the Korean War. He worked on the maintenance crew at Rockford College, Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois, and also lived in Rockford. His spouse is living.



Russell And Gladys (Evans) Nesemeier
Russell Nesemeier (son of George Nesemeier) was born April 4, 1904 and died September 24, 1991. He married Gladys Evans on January 16, 1936. She was born September 12, 1904 in Cambria, Iowa and died December 9, 1995 in Rock City, Stephenson County, Illinois. Russell Nesemeier graduated from Freeport High School, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. He farmed until he retired in 1969, and also worked in several factories. His wife Gladys graduated from college in Iowa.  The children of Russell and Gladys (Evans) Nesemeier are:

    1. Carl Nesemeier, who was born December 8, 1938 and died November 1980 in Durand, Winnebago County, Illinois. He married Ruth Ann Wiles in November 1967; she was born February 6, 1941 and died January 31, 2006, also in Durand. Carl served in the Army. Carl and Ruth owned and operated Farmer's Tap in Durand for over 20 years, after which Ruth became the manager of the Lakeside Mini Mart.) Ruth & Carl are both buried in Rock Grove Cemetery.

    2. Three other children who are living.



William and Mary (Nesemeier) Keck
Mary Nesemeier (daughter of Frederick William Nesemeier) was born August 1862 in Rock Grove, Stephenson County, Illinois and died February 12, 1935 in Dakota, Stephenson County, Illinois. She married William Keck on March 7, 1886 in Stephenson County, Illinois. He was born in April 1857 in Pennsylvania and died January 18, 1942 in Dakota, Stephenson County, Illinois. He was a farmer. The child of William and Mary (Nesemeier) Keck is:

1. Fred Keck, born August 1892 in Illinois and died December 11, 1939 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. He did not marry.

     

Wilhelm and Caroline (Springer) Nesemeier
Wilhelm Nesemeier (brother of Conrad Franklin Nesemeier) was born about June 7, 1823 in Lippe, Detmold Germany and died February 7, 1882. He married Caroline Springer (at an unknown date). She was born May 3, 1820 in Lippe, Detmold, Germany and died March 7, 1895. They are both buried at the Lane Cemetery, Florence Station, Stephenson County, Illinois. (The cemetery list for this cemetery shows them as William Nasamyer and Caroline Nasamyer; I haven't seen either the list or the tombstones personally.) Wilhelm Nesemeier went to California for the Gold Rush in 1849, but then returned to farm in the Shannon/Florence Station area. No return date is given but it must have been before 1856, when his first child was born. (I couldn't find Wilhelm on the 1850 US Federal Census for California.)

The children of Wilhelm and Caroline (Springer) Nesemeier are:

    1. William Fred Nesemeier, born February 16, 1856 in Illinois and died August 6, 1924.

    2. Sophia Nesemeier, who was born February 14, 1858 in Illinois and died October 12, 1900.



William Fred and Anna (Gitz) Nesemeier
William Fred Nesemeier (son of Wilhelm Nesemeier) was born February 16, 1856 in Illinois and died August 6, 1924. He married Anna Gitz on March 9, 1877 in Stephenson County, Illinois ; she was the daughter of John Gitz and Anna Unknown. She was born March 1, 1857 in Illinois and died March 15, 1912. He and his wife are both buried in the Lane Cemetery, Florence Station, Stephenson County, Illinois. William Fred Nesemeier apparently used the "Nesemeier" spelling of his name (although the census takers didn't always), but his children all changed the spelling of their surname to Nesemeyer. Children of William and Anna (Gitz) Nesemeier are:

    1. Mary Nesemeyer, who was born 1878 in Illinois and died 1919.
    2. Wilhelmina Nesemeyer, who was born January 2, 1880 in Illinois.
    3. William Nesemeyer, who was born January 2, 1880 in Illinois and died December 3, 1947, Stephenson County, Illinois.
    4. John Nesemeyer, who was born February 25, 1882 and died February 21, 1958.
    5. Freddie Nesemeier, who was born February 16, 1887 and died March 12, 1887. He is buried in the Lane Cemetery, Florence Station, Stephenson County, Illinois. (The cemetery list there shows the spelling of his surname as Nesemeier.)
    6. Lydia C. Nesemeyer, who was born 1889 and died 1957.
    7. Elmer Fred Nesemeyer, who was born June 3, 1894 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois and died February 15, 1993 in Freeport.



Otto and Mary (Nesemeyer) Kuhler
Mary Nesemeyer (daughter of William Fred Nesemeier) was born in 1878 in Illinois and died in 1919. She married Carl Otto Kuhler on March 12, 1902 in Stephenson County, Illinois. He was born in 1869 and died in 1932, the son of August and Augusta (Hillebrand) Kuhler. Carl Otto Kuhler farmed southwest of Florence Station, Stephenson County, Illinois. The child of Otto and Mary (Nesemeyer) Kuhler is:

    1. Fred Kuhler, who was born in 1903 and died in 1969. He married Edna C. Unknown, who was born in May 22, 1904 and died in December 1973 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. They had no children.



Louis and Wilhelmina (Nesemeyer) Dorsi
Wilhelmina Nesemeyer (daughter of William Fred Nesemeier) was born January 2, 1880 in Illinois. She and her brother William Nesemeyer were twins. She married Louis Dorsi on March 27, 1901 in Stephenson County, Illinois. He was born in 1864 and died in 1941. Louis Dorsi owned 60 acres in Section 15, Florence Township, Stephenson County, Illinois. They lived across from the Florence Township Town Hall. The children of Louis and Wilhelmina (Nesemeyer) Dorsi are.

    1. & 2. Twin girls who died at birth; the Nesemeier Family Register did not provide the date.

    3. Leo Niemeier, who was born in 1907 and died in 1979. His surname is not a typo; Leo Niemeier was adopted. He married Mary M. Smith. He farmed the Dorsi farm and later farmed near Pearl City, Stephenson County, Illinois.



William and Louetta Regina (Mayer) Nesemeyer
William Nesemeyer (son of William Fred Nesemeier) was born January 2, 1880 in Illinois (he and his sister Wilhelmina Nesemeyer were twins). He died December 3, 1947 in Stephenson County, Illinois. He married Louetta Regina Mayer on February 21, 1906; she was the daughter of Samuel and Martha (Vaupel) Mayer. She was born September 11, 1885 and died March 1964. William Nesemeyer was a farmer and owned 74 acres in Section 22, Florence Township, Stephenson County, Illinois. He also worked for the Freeport Country Club, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois.

    The children of William and Louetta Regina (Mayer) Nesemeyer are:

    1. Mildred Ruth Nesemeyer, who was born May 23, 1907 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois and died June 7, 1992 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois.

    2. Walter Louis Nesemeyer, who was born December 17, 1911 and died June 1986 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois.

    3. A child who is living.



Harold Wesley and Mildred Ruth (Nesemeyer) Widmer
Mildred Ruth Nesemeyer (daughter of William Nesemeyer) was born May 23, 1907 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois and died June 7, 1992 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. On March 21, 1929 she married Harold Wesley Widmer in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. He was born August 17, 1907 and died June 4, 1983. Mildred Ruth Nesemeyer Widmer graduated from Freeport High School, the National College of Education in Evanston, Illinois, Rockford College, Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois, and the University of Illinois and University of Hawaii. She was a teacher in rural schools, in Pearl City and in Freeport, Illinois. She retired in 1975, after teaching 50 years. The first rural school building she taught in was later moved onto the grounds of the Stephenson County Historical Society Museum in Freeport.  Harold Wesley Widmer was the Illinois State Representative of the 34th District. He was co-owner of Ker-Wid Shoes in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Harold Wesley and Mildred Ruth (Nesemeyer) Widmer had two children who are living.

 John and Lillie Mae (Koeller) Nesemeyer
John Nesemeyer (son of William Fred Nesemeier) was born February 25, 1882 and died February 21, 1958. He married Lillie Mae Koeller on January 28, 1904 in Stephenson County. She was born December 11, 1884 and died March 12, 1928. John Nesemeyer owned 196 acres in Section 15, Florence Township, Stephenson County, Illinois.

    The children of John and Lillie Mae (Koeller) Nesemeyer are:
    1. Laura Malinda Nesemeyer, who was born July 16, 1906 and died July 1989 in Joliet, Will County, Illinois.
    2. Pearl Della Nesemeyer, who was born October 20, 1908 and died October 13, 1980. She Married Ralph Wilford Parriott on April 21, 1928. He was born March 28, 1901 and died January 5, 1971. He worked for Kraft Foods as a cheese maker and Micro Switch as a tool clerk; both companies were in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois.
    3. Edwin J. Nesemeyer, who was born May 27, 1913 and died September 1992 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois.
    4. Roy C. Nesemeyer, who was born in 1915 and died in 1964.
    5. Alvin G. Nesemeyer, who was born in 1918 and died in 1963.
    6. Marie V. Nesemeyer, who was born in 1919 and died in 1945.


Edward H. and Lydia C. (Nesemeyer) Moring
Lydia C. Nesemeyer (daughter of William Fred Nesemeier) was born 1889 and died 1957. She married Edward H. Moring on October 26, 1910 in Stephenson County , Illinois . He was April 1883 in Illinois and died in 1956. They are both buried at Chapel Hill Cemetery , Freeport , Stephenson County , Illinois . Edward H. Moring owned 240 acres in Section 18, Forreston Township , Ogle County , Illinois . It appears Edward and Lydia had no children; they appear living by themselves on the 1920 and 1930 censuses for Ogle County .


Elmer Fred and Belinda (Damman) Nesemeyer
Elmer Fred Nesemeyer (son of William Fred Nesemeier) was born June 3, 1894 in Freeport and died 15 February 1993 in Freeport . He married Belinda Damman on December 15, 1915 in Stephenson County , Illinois . She was born December 2, 1896 and died January 15, 1990. He was a farmer and owned 80 acres in Section 14, Florence Township , Stephenson County , Illinois . Elmer Fred and Belinda Nesemeyer had 5 children, all of whom are living.
 

Walter Louis and Vera Geneva ( Griffin ) Nesemeyer
Walter Louis Nesemeyer (son of William Nesemeyer) was born December 17, 1911 and died June 1986 in Freeport , Stephenson County , Illinois . He married Vera Geneva Griffin on August 29, 1932; she was born September 23, 1911 and died April 26, 1998 in Freeport , Stephenson County , Illinois . Walter was a farmer, and he bought the original W. F. Nesemeier homestead on West Becker Road in Freeport . Walter Louis and Vera Geneva ( Griffin ) Nesemeyer had two children who are living.


Frederick Christoph and Sophia (Nesemeier) Kaiser
Sophia Nesemeier (daughter of Wilhelm Nesemeier) was born February 14, 1858 in Illinois and died October 12, 1900. She married Frederick Christoph Kaiser on March 19, 1875 in Stephenson County . He was the son of Friedrich and Catherine (Hoefer) Kaiser, and born December 17, 1851 in Germany and died December 25, 1915. Frederick Christoph was a farmer. Both Sophia and Frederick Christoph Kaiser are buried in Lane Cemetery , Florence Station, Stephenson County , Illinois .

The children of Frederick Christoph and Sophia (Nesemeier) Kaiser are:
1. William Miller, who was born in about 1865 in France. The 1880 US Federal Census for Florence Township notes that he is adopted.
2. Paulina Kaiser, who was born in December 1875 in Illinois . She married Berton Beck on March 9, 1905 in Stephenson County .
3. Mary Kaiser, who was born about 1877 in Illinois .
4. Alfred Kaiser, who was born in February 1879 in Illinois .
5. Flora Kaiser, who was born in January 9, 1883 in Illinois and died April 1970 in Freeport .
6. Rosa Kaiser, who was born December 1884 in Illinois . She married Albert J. Fischer on February 21, 1906 in Stephenson County .
7. Sadie Kaiser, who was born August 1886 in Illinois . She married William C. Fischer on February 21, 1906.


George M. and Flora (Kaiser) Van Loh
Flora Kaiser (daughter of Frederick Kaiser) was born in January 9, 1883 in Illinois and died April 1970 in Freeport . She married George M. Van Loh on February 24, 1904 in Stephenson County , Illinois . He was born April 2, 1878 in Illinois and died August 8, 1949 in Stephenson County . He farmed 268 acres owned by M. G. Van Loh in Silver Creek Township , Stephenson County .

The children of George M. and Flora (Kaiser) Van Loh were:

1. Clarence Van Loh, who was born March 14, 1905 in Illinois and died June 1964. He Married Elva L. Unknown in about 1928. She was born about 1907 in Illinois . Clarence Van Loh was a farmer.

2. Evodia Van Loh, who was born June 2, 1907 and died October 16, 1997 in Fort Lauderdale , Broward County , Florida . She married Harry H. Wessels in about 1928. He was the son of Heye Wessels and Gertje Fruhdag, and was born January 10, 1903 in Stephenson County . Harry and Evodia (Van Loh) Wessels were living in Freeport in 1940. They had a child, who may be living.


Wilhelm and Wilhelmina (Nesemeier) Rodemeier
Wilhelmina Nesemeier (sister of Conrad Franklin Nesemeier) was born about 1827 in Lippe, Detmold , Germany and married Wilhelm Rodemeier on September 1, 1852 in Stephenson County , Illinois . He was born about 1827 in Germany . Both died after 1880. He was a farmer. The Nesemeier Family Register had no information on this family other than that Wilhelmina Nesemeier married Wilhelm Rodemeier. All of the information below on this family is what I have put together using online sources. I could find no online family trees which show this family. Therefore, much of this information could be incorrect. At least one of the children spelled the family name Rodemeyer. The census takers spelled this surname a variety of ways.

The children of Wilhelm and Wilhelmina (Nesemeier) Rodemeier are:
1. Mary, who was born about 1851 in Illinois . The Illinois Statewide Marriage Index shows a Mary Rodemeier marrying a Herman Miller on March 2, 1871 in Stephenson County . I don’t know whether this is the same Mary Rodemeier.
2. Matilda Rodemeier, who was born about 1853 in Illinois .
3. Wilhelmine Rodemeier, who was born about 1855 in Illinois . She married Franz Pieper on June 18, 1874 in Stephenson County .
4. Louisa Rodemeier, who was born about 1856 in Illinois . She married Frank Piper on February 17, 1856 in Stephenson County . (Note: I’m very curious whether this Frank Piper is not the same person as Franz Pieper who married Louise’s sister Wilhelmine in 1874. As was often the custom at the time, if one sister died young, often in childbirth, the widower married another sister. I have no idea whether this is the case; if someone has substantial information about this situation or these people, please email me.)
5. Sophia Rodemeier, who was born about 1858 in Illinois and married Henry Messman on December 19, 1878 in Stephenson County.
6. Henry Rodemeier, who was born October 1857 in Illinois and died July 17, 1944 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois.
7. Hannah Rodemeier, who was born in May 1862 in Illinois and died November 13, 1911 in Freeport . She married August Wilke on April 17, 1890 in Stephenson County .
8. Fred Rodemeyer, who was born about 1864 in Illinois and died June 15, 1934.
9. Carolina Rodemeier, who was born about 1867 in Illinois .


Henry And Lizzie (Erdman) Rodemeier
Henry Rodemeier (son of Wilhelm Rodemeier) was born October 1857 in Illinois and died July 17, 1944 in Freeport . He married Lizzie Erdman on September 11, 1884 in Stephenson County . She was born July 1862 in Germany and died March 19, 1939 in Freeport . In 1900 they were living at 90 Wyandotte Street , Freeport . Henry was a laborer.  The children of Henry and Lizzie (Erdman) Rodemeier are:

1. Tracy Rodemeier, who was born in June 1885 in Illinois . The Illinois Statewide Marriage Index shows a Charles W. Lynk marrying a Theresa Rodemeyer on November 27, 1913 in Stephenson County . I don’t know whether Theresa Rodemeyer and Tracy Rodemeier was the same person.

2. Josie Rodemeier, who was born June 1888 in Illinois . The Illinois Statewide Marriage Index shows a Josephine Antoinette Rodemeyer marrying J. Edward Adamson Jr. on June 17, 1914 in Stephenson County . I don’t know whether Josephine Antoinette Rodemeyer and Josie Rodemeier are the same person, but it seems likely.


Fred and Annie (Blust) Rodemeyer
Fred Rodemeyer (son of Wilhelm Rodemeier) was born about 1864 in Illinois and died June 15, 1934. He married Annie Blust in May 15, 1888 in Stephenson County . She was born about 1866 in Illinois . Fred was a saloon keeper.  Children of Fred and Annie (Blust) Rodemeyer are:

1.Albert Rodemeyer, who was born August 14, 1889 in Freeport and died July 8, 1938 in Freeport .
2. Ida Rodemeyer, who was born about 1891 in Illinois . She married George Gastel on June 19, 1912 in Stephenson County . Her first name might have been Eda instead Ida.
3. Cleo Rodemeyer, born about 1893 in Illinois .
4. Clemence Rodemeyer, born about 1894 in Illinois .
5. Anna Rodemeyer, born about 1896 in Illinois .
6. Fred K. Rodemeyer, born about 1897 in Illinois .
7. Dorothy Rodemeyer, born about 1898 in Illinois . Her husband was Unknown Schneider. She was living in Chicago , Cook County , Illinois in July 1938.

Albert Rodemeyer’s obituary gives the names of three of his siblings as Sister Mary Ivon, Sister Mary Amadeus, and Rev. Fr. Charles Rodemeyer. I assume Fr. Charles is Clemence Rodemeyer, but I don’t know which of his sisters born Cleo and Anna are Sister Mary Ivon and Sister Mary Amadeus.


Albert and Mary (Sauer) Rodemeyer
Albert Rodemeyer (son of Fred Rodemeyer) was born August 14, 1889 in Freeport , and died July 8, 1938 in Freeport . He married Mary Sauer on June 26, 1913. He worked as a pressman at Wagner Printing and the printing department of Furst-McNess Company, both in Freeport , and at Kable Bros. Printing in Mt. Morris , Ogle County , Illinois .

The child of Albert and Mary (Sauer) Rodemeyer was: 1. Florian Rodemeyer, who was born June 8, 1915 and died March 4, 1996 in Freeport , Illinois . He married Ethel Keim in 1938 in Freeport. She was the daughter of Earl Keim and Grace Garman, and was born July 3, 1916 in Mt. Carroll , Carroll County , Illinois . She died September 4, 2004 in Freeport . She graduated from Mt. Carroll High School and attended Brown’s Business College in Freeport . Florian and Ethel (Keim) Rodemeyer had 3 children, who are living.


August and Hannah (Rodemeier) Wilke
Hannah Rodemeier (daughter of Wilhelm Rodemeier) was born in May 1862 in Illinois and died November 13, 1911 in Freeport . She married August Wilke on April 17, 1890 in Stephenson County . He was born February 1850 in Germany and died March 27, 1930 in Maryland Township , Ogle County , Illinois . He was a farmer.  The children of August and Hannah (Rodemeier) Wilke are:

1. Martha Wilke, who was born February 1891 in Illinois . She married William Kochmeier on January 28, 1909 in Stephenson County , Illinois .
2. Cora Wilke, who was born in August 1893 in Illinois .
3. Willie Wilke, who was born about 1902 in Wisconsin .


Wilhelm and Louisa (Nesemeier) Welling
Louisa Nesemeier (sister of Conrad Franklin Nesemeier) was born October 1835 in Lippe, Detmold , Germany and died May 29, 1906 in Dakota, Stephenson County , Illinois . She married Wilhelm Welling on January 9, 1857 in Stephenson County , Illinois . He was born March 1820 in Lippe, Detmold , Germany and died December 22, 1911 in Dakota, Stephenson County , Illinois . Wilhelm Welling was a farmer.

The Nesemeier Family Register doesn’t provide any information on this couple except for the fact that they married. All the information below is research I’ve done using online sources. It could easily be incorrect. Wilhelm Welling appears on the 1870 US Federal Census for Rock Grove Township , Stephenson County , Illinois as Wilhelm Welding. I think Welding could have been his original name in Germany , rather than the anglicized Welling, but I don’t know this positively. There are also problems with Louisa’s surname as reported on the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, which shows her as Louisa Henser. The 1870 US Federal Census for Rock Grove Township shows Wilhelm and Louisa living with two children, Ameline and William, who were born before 1857. I’m speculating here, but I suspect Louisa Nesemeier was previously married to someone named Henser. But I couldn’t find anyone named Henser or anything close to it on the 1850 or 1860 censuses or in the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index. As with other questions, email me if anyone knows the answer to this.  The children of Wilhelm and Louisa (Nesemeier) are:

1. Ameline Welling, who was born about 1853 in Illinois .
2. William Welling, born about 1855 in Illinois . I found a William Welling married to a Sophia Henke on December 1, 1885 in Stephenson County , Illinois , but I don’t know if he’s the same William Welling.
3. Louisa Welling, born about 1858 in Illinois .
4. Lenny Welling, born about 1860 in Illinois .

5. August Welling, born in February 1862 in Illinois and died November 14, 1918 in Freeport . He owned 160 acres in Section 13, Dakota Township , Stephenson County , Illinois .
6. David Welling, who was born about 1865 in Illinois . I found a David Frederick Welling marrying a Mary E. Meinert on November 15, 1900 in Stephenson County . I don’t know if he’s the same David Welling.
7. Fred Welling, who was born about 1868 in Illinois and died August 29, 1935 in Rock City, Stephenson County, Illinois.
8. Martha Welling, who was born about January 1870 in Illinois and died June 24, 1944 in Freeport .
9. Anna Welling, who was born in March 1872 in Illinois .


Fred And Jennie (Runte) Welling
Fred Welling (son of Wilhelm Welling) was born about 1868 in Illinois and died August 29, 1935 in Rock City , Stephenson County , Illinois . He married Jennie Runte on March 2, 1899 in Stephenson County , Illinois . She died September 17, 1927 in Rock Run Township , Stephenson County , Illinois . Fred Welling owned 75 acres in Section 18, Rock Run Township . This farm was called the Star Dairy Farm. The children of Fred and Jennie (Runte) Welling are:

1. Merrill Welling, who was born March 12, 1903 in Rock Run Township, Stephenson County, Illinois and died February 12, 1988. Merrill Welling married a spouse in October 18, 1930 who may still be living. They had one child, who is living.

2. Clifford Welling, who was born February 4, 1908 in Rock Run Township, Stephenson County, Illinois and died November 9, 1962. He married Arlene Meier on February 4, 1933. She was born November 10, 1911 and died November 6, 1991. They had one child, who is living.


Carl and Martha (Welling) Toelke
Martha Welling (daughter of Wilhelm Welling) was born about January 1870 in Illinois and died June 24, 1944 in Freeport . She married Carl Toelke on October 13, 1887 in Stephenson County , Illinois . He died between 1908-1910. His name appears on the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index as Carl Toelke, but on the 1900 US Federal Census for Rock Run Township (with Martha and his children) as Charles Toelke. (Both sources show a Charles Toelke, but one who was married to a Minnie Isermann in 1903.) There are several other Toelke households on the same 1900 Rock Run Township census pages, so they may have all been related. Carl (or Charles) Toelke was a farmer. He apparently died between 1908 and April 1910, because Martha appears as a widow on the 1910 US Federal Census for Rock Run Township , and she has a 2-year-old son. I couldn’t find Carl or Charles Toelke in either of the Illinois Statewide Death Indexes.  The children of Carl and Martha (Welling) Toelke are:

Edwin Toelke, who was born about 1889 in Illinois .
Laura Toelke, who was born in April 1890 in Illinois and died September 30, 1908 in Rock Run Township .
Rose Toelke, who was born about 1892 in Illinois .
Ida Toelke, who was born in February 1894 in Illinois .
John Toelke, who was born December 12, 1895 in Illinois and died July 1979 in Freeport .
Roy Toelke, who was born in March 1898 in Illinois .
Florence Toelke, who was born about 1900 in Illinois .
Vernon Toelke, who was born about 1908 in Illinois


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